I am an Advanced Clinician Social Worker who has worked extensively for 20 years with individuals, families and children impacted by grief, loss, trauma, crisis and bereavement.
I have worked in Brisbane’s major children’s hospitals in intensive care, emergency departments, cancer wards and all areas associated with children’s health. In my current job in a children’s intensive care unit, I am exposed daily to death, violence, trauma and illness and I am now recognised as one of the most experienced counsellors in this field in Australia.
I have a passion for assisting the community to understand the breadth of loss and grief and how to support yourself, your children, partners, family and friends during times of change and sadness.
I am currently a PhD Candidate with the School of Medicine, The University of Queensland. The focus of my research is Staff Wellbeing in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit. I am very interested in staff wellbeing and mental health as key to ensuring optimal outcomes for children and families in hospital settings.
I have a Certificate IV in Education and Training and also have a career as a sought after communicator, public speaker and educator.
I regularly speak on the national and international circuit and am known for my warmth and humour even on the most difficult of subjects.
Topics I regularly speak on include:
- Loss and Grief
- Staff Wellbeing
- Difficult Conversations
- Talking to Children about Loss and Grief
- Working with Schools in crisis
- Mental Health at Work
- Resilience for children and adults
- Self Care
- Gender Relationships
- New Mothers and Sexuality, Adjustment to Parenthood